Police & Courts

Published June 27, 2016

ROYAL OAK — A 28-year-old Royal Oak resident was taken to Beaumont Hospital the morning of June 27 after she was hit by a vehicle in the crosswalk at Main and Fourth streets.

According to a statement issued by the Royal Oak Police Department, she suffered a non-life-threatening injury to her leg and was transported to the hospital by the Royal Oak Fire Department.

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Published June 27, 2016

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FRASER/TROY — On June 15, the Fraser Special Investigation Unit executed search warrants in Troy and Sterling Heights that were related to alleged marijuana trafficking.

The warrants resulted in the arrests of Troy residents Eric Layne Berg, 35, and Angie Wong, 30. Approximately 105 pounds of packaged marijuana — valued at about $231,000 — and $116,000 in currency were confiscated.

Wong was arrested not for the marijuana, but for reportedly possessing Hydrocodone pills.

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Published June 27, 2016

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — It seems that a Bloomfield Township resident accused of “drop-kicking” her son’s birthday cake will soon have her day in court.

Officers have charged 46-year-old Bloomfield Hills mom Tricia Ann Kortes with a misdemeanor tumultuous conduct offense. She’s due in 48th District Court July 7 for a pretrial hearing, after waiving her right to an arraignment.

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Published June 24, 2016

HARPER WOODS — Drivers charged with civil traffic infractions in Harper Woods — speeding, running a red light or a stop sign, among others — can now resolve a citation from anywhere with internet access.

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Published June 24, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — A Mount Clemens man has been charged with felonious assault after police say he tossed a 13-year-old girl into the Clinton River June 22.

According to Macomb County Sheriff’s Lt. John Michalke, it was around 11 p.m. and the victim, a resident of Mount Clemens, and her brother were walking on the boardwalk along the Clinton River in Mount Clemens. 

A report states that as the two neared the Dickinson Bridge, the suspect, who was also walking on the boardwalk, picked up the girl and threw her into the Clinton River.

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Published June 23, 2016

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WARREN/FERNDALE/ROYAL OAK —  It’s a request to support a good cause, just a few bucks to help send kids from the Michigan School for the Deaf to play football in Washington, D.C.

The problem, police and school officials say, is that the fundraiser isn’t real and an alleged scammer or a group of people bent on fraud has been raking in the cash.

The scam, reported earlier this year by school officials, has apparently already bilked generous souls in at least two communities out of at least $2,200.

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Published June 23, 2016

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WARREN/STERLING HEIGHTS — Two suspects were apprehended and were among five people injured — including two police officers — after a bank robbery in Sterling Heights led to a pursuit and two crashes in Warren shortly after 1 p.m. on June 23. 

According to Sterling Heights Police Capt. Dale Dwojakowski, a bank robbery was reported at about 12:50 p.m. at the Vibe Credit Union, located at 33950 Van Dyke Ave. in Sterling Heights, just north of 14 Mile Road. Police said no one was hurt during the incident, and no weapon was reportedly seen.

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Published June 23, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — Mount Clemens will soon be looking to hire a new city manager following the June 20 termination of Steven Brown.

Following an executive session meeting to discuss Brown’s performance evaluation review, the City Commission voted to fire its city manager of two years, citing a lack of progress.

“The commission decided we were not going in the direction we had hoped to be,” said Mayor Barb Dempsey. “There are things we want to accomplish in the city, and we’re going at a slower pace than we had hoped.”

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Published June 22, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Police continue to search for a man suspected of going into Jax Kar Wash the evening of June 21 with a gun and taking the manager’s wallet and other cash.

No shots were fired and no one was injured.

“I can’t get into the specifics of the case at this time because it is an ongoing investigation,” said Royal Oak Police Department Criminal Investigations Division Lt. David Clemens June 24. “We are following up on some leads in the case.”

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Published June 22, 2016

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Family members of Grosse Pointe Woods Public Safety Department officer Gerald Genna attended the June 20 City Council meeting to see him receive a commendation for his role in making the city safer.

Upon the recommendation of the Public Safety Board of Review, Genna received the commendation in recognition of his alertness and prompt action in the apprehension of a suspect who had been sought in multiple cities within Wayne County. 

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Published June 22, 2016

GROSSE POINTE PARK — Police work has been likened to a brotherhood, and that sort of family support was visible during the recent promotion of one of the Grosse Pointe Park Public Safety Department’s decorated veterans.

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Published June 22, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — Judge James Brady, of the 47th District Court, does not like to boast. 

Even after the Oakland County Bar Association recently honored Brady as the 2016 Distinguished Public Servant Award winner, he downplayed the prestigious win in his office at the courthouse June 14.

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Published June 22, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The fight against substance abuse has taken the nation by storm, and one court system is leading the battle at home.

At the Clinton Township Board of Trustees’ June 13 meeting, the board unanimously approved the establishment of a specialty fund to aid 41-B District Court.

No more than $5 of every fine or cost assessed on civil infractions and conviction-leading misdemeanors will be allocated toward the 41-B Veteran’s Treatment Court and the Drug Court.

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Published June 22, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Police are looking into whether or not a recently arrested 62-year-old Pontiac man is responsible for a rash of vehicle larcenies in the area east of downtown.

Police caught the suspect after receiving a call at 3:20 a.m. June 16 from a woman living in the 600 block of Kayser Avenue. She reported that her car alarm went off shortly after she had parked.

The woman told police she checked her vehicle and discovered that her purse had been stolen.

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Published June 22, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Off-duty police officer Joe Francis used his training to save a woman’s life recently while dining with his wife to celebrate their second wedding anniversary.

Francis was eating lunch at Ironwood Grill in Plymouth June 8 when he noticed a woman in distress.

According to accounts of the story, the woman was unable to breathe and Francis realized she was choking. Francis performed the Heimlich maneuver and, on the third thrust, dislodged a large piece of food from the woman’s throat. She then began to breathe normally.

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Published June 21, 2016

EASTPOINTE — A Facebook post helped identify a woman suspected of stealing at the Family Dollar on Nine Mile Road in May.

The Eastpointe Police Department posted a call for help on its official Facebook page, along with two surveillance photos, June 14.

“We need your help … to identify the woman in these photos,” it read, describing a woman last seen fleeing from the area of the Family Dollar, 18040 Nine Mile Road, carrying a blue backpack May 31.

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Published June 21, 2016

WARREN  — Five suspects in an alleged “drug cartel,” facing charges set forth in a now-unsealed federal indictment, were reportedly taken into custody earlier this month during a joint operation by Warren police and agents with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.

Word of the raids, launched at locations in Warren and Detroit on June 7, was announced by Warren Mayor Jim Fouts. The mayor said the busts were part of what he called an ongoing “citywide crackdown on drug houses in Warren.”

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Published June 20, 2016

BEVERLY HILLS — An email sent out by the village of Beverly Hills June 15 detailed an incident in which two residents were scammed by a man and a woman who claimed to be repairing cement driveways.

On June 14, police received a complaint from the victims, an 81-year-old woman and an 86-year-old man, who live on Robinwood. Two suspects, a man and a woman, went to their house and claimed to be repairing cement driveways, according to the email. The male resident believed the suspects were from the same company that had done work for him in March.

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Published June 20, 2016

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FRASER — A man was sentenced to at least seven years behind bars June 16 for killing one teen and injuring two others in a drunken driving crash earlier this year.

Judge Diane Druzinki sentenced Kyle Kumbo, 24, in Macomb County Circuit Court for his actions that led to the death of Julius Jones, a Roseville High School student.

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Published June 20, 2016

ROSEVILLE — Two juveniles were arrested around 9:30 a.m. on June 15 for making bomb threats to Roseville Middle School in April.

Both suspects are 14 years old; neither of their names are being released, as the cases will be handled by the juvenile justice system.

Roseville Police Chief James Berlin declined to disclose if they are male or female, but he said they are somehow related to each other.

One is reportedly from Roseville, while the other is from Oak Park. Berlin said they face charges of making terrorist threats.

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